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Strategic Planning Manager - Women’s World Cup 2017

England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
Location London, UK
Posted 14/10/2016
Closes 21/10/2016
Sector Elite Performance & Coaching, Federations & LOCs
Function Business Development & Sales, Events & Operations, Strategy & Research
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary competitive plus benefits

Job Description

Role Context 

The England & Wales Cricket Board is hosting the ICC Champions Trophy (CT) and the Women’s World Cup (WWC) in June and July of 2017 and ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) in 2019.

The ICC CT 2017 is an elite 50 over cricket event for the top eight one day international nations in the MRF ICC ODI Rankings. The tournament has been staged previously in Bangladesh (1998), Kenya (2000), Sri Lanka (2002), England (2004), India (2006), South Africa (2009) and England (2013).

The ICC WWC 2017 is the pinnacle of the Women’s 50 over game and will have the top eight one day international nations competing to lift the coveted World Cup on 23 July 2017 at Lord’s in London.

The ICC CWC is the premium event of the Men’s game and the third biggest global sporting event on the planet. The 2019 tournament will feature the top 10 international teams playing in a round-robin format during June and July 2019.

All three events are a great opportunity to showcase cricket at its absolute best and a fantastic opportunity for the England & Wales Cricket Board to put on an amazing event on behalf of the ICC. It’s a really exciting time to be involved in the sport of cricket and a great opportunity for the right person to build on their skills in international events.

The WWC will be played at Bristol, Somerset, Leicester and Derby with the Final at Lord’s in London.

Job Summary

The Strategic Planning Manager will focus specifically on the successful delivery of the Women’s World Cup (WWC) 2017, being responsible for working closely with the Managing Director CWC 2019, ECB Local Organising Committee, ICC and ECB departments to deliver on the strategy, deliverables and KPI’s for the WWC 2017.

The role will be responsible for directing, collaborating and ensuring all facets of the WWC are on track in terms of delivery and also ensuring we deliver the best ever WWC that integrates all possible elements of ECB’s new strategy for the game, Cricket Unleashed.

Key Working Relationships

The individual will need to develop, leverage and maintain exceptional relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders including:

  • Government
  • ICC LOC team
  • ECB across all teams
  • Agencies
  • Venue staff

Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities – job specific

  • Work closely with the ECB LOC team to ensure all elements of the tournament delivery are on track and in line with the various strategic documents that underpin the tournaments aims and goals.
  • Work closely with all the various stakeholders that make up the component parts of the tournament to leverage the best possible outcomes for the tournament
  • Work closely with ECB departments, England Women and Participation and Growth teams in particular with the aim of linking the WWC strategy with Cricket Unleashed with the aim of leveraging WWC to increase participation and growth of the sport.
  • Study the best of other cricketing and global events men and women to create a world class WWC in 2017
  • To be the central go to person on all matters relating to WWC
  • To attend all necessary meetings of the various departments to keep the focus squarely on the WWC
  • To construct a timeline and plan that will ensure all elements of the tournament are delivered on time and budget
  • Ensure that all aspects of the WWC fit with the legacy strategy to grow the game.

Person Specification

  • Excellent Communicator
  • Precise attention to detail
  • Exceptional strategic skills
  • Excellent people skills
  • Good humour
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent motivator


  • Experience of working at a senior level within global events sector
  • Experience within cricket is essential
  • Experience of creating major plans and strategies
  • Excellent people skills to communicate effectively with people at all levels, including ICC Staff and officials, Tournament commercial partners and ECB departments.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Clear and effective decision making skills.
  • Ability to work within high pressure situations.
  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humour.

Commitment Required

  • 100% commitment and ambition to deliver the best cricket event ever held that captivates and inspires everyone and anyone across the work to pick up a bat and ball.

This job description is only a summary of the role as it currently exists and is not exhaustive or comprehensive. The responsibilities and accountabilities might differ from those outlined and other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job.

England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)

The England and Wales Cricket Board is the governing body for all cricket in England and Wales. ECB provides support for the game far beyond the boundaries of just international and first class cricket.